Is this wall load bearing???


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Old 12-04-13, 04:44 PM
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Is this wall load bearing???

Just wondering if this wall is loaf bearing or not. My wife and I would like to remove it but we arnt sure if its load bearing or not. We had a contractor come and he said we should be OK to remove the wall because of how our ceiling is supported up in the attic...but I want to make sure.

The wall runs east and west and my ceiling joists run north and south. Look at the pics to see how attic is set up. Thanks for the help!!

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Old 12-04-13, 04:50 PM
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more..

The trusses go down to joists and back up and attach to the rafters of roof. I believe they are 1x4s
 
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Old 12-04-13, 05:42 PM
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Either you have trusses or rafters --- your picture of the attic is difficult to see what's there. If there are engineered roof trusses then it's very likely the contractor was correct.

Look at the attached picture of an engineered roof truss and check for metal plates at the junctions which would also confirm. I'm confused about the mention of 1X4 lumber --- is that the angled lumber in the photo?
I can't say I've ever seen 1X4 lumber used as the webs in trusses---- are you sure they're not 2X4 lumber ?
 
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Old 12-05-13, 05:57 AM
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It was common years ago in low snow load areas to use 1X's for the webbing on site built roofs.
 
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Interesting. I've never seen anything like that. Surprised there wouldn't be any lateral bracing between the 1x's.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 07:18 PM
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No metal plates at the junctions and ues they are 1xs. Definitely not low snow loads here in Iowa. Also with how it is up there would it be possible to some sort of vaulted ceiling? I have a living room thats like that in the attic and we want to vault the ceilings.
 
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Old 12-05-13, 08:43 PM
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IMO, you have a rafter/ceiling joist system. Attic picture, 3rd one back shows 1x6 on each side of rafters meeting at peak. Have the contractor sign-off accepting the liability for you...unless a better attic picture over the wall. Use a SE for the vault, with a permit.

Gary
 
 

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